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RN -to- BSN Completion: HOMESTEAD ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

I'm already an RN, Why should I pursue BSN?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recommended that healthcare organizations increase their bachelor's prepared RN staff to 80% by 2020*. It is also a documented fact that RNs with BSN commit far fewer medical errors than RNs with no advance degree. Precisely for this reason many hospitals, especially those designated "magnet" hire only the RNs with BSN degree. Needless to say, with a BSN you'll improve your employability and earnings. You'll be able to take your rightful place in the healthcare field while providing the highest level of care to your patients.

    * Institute of Medicine (2010). The future of Nursing: Leading change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: National Academics Press.

Can you describe your program?

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) completion program is designed to be taught in five semesters provided that students transfer in required credits. The program is open to licensed registered nurses (RN) who have completed their associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing from a nationally or regionally accredited nursing program. The goal of the program is to graduate nurses that will be ready to advance their educational career and that can understand the concept of holistic praxis, think critically, and serve as change agents or leaders in any healthcare and nursing environment.

What is the mission and philosophy behind your program?

Mission

The mission of the RN to BSN program is “to prepare quality praxis-driven professional nurses that can function with strong critical thinking and leadership skills as providers of care, designers-managers-coordinators of care and members of a profession.” The above statement supports Homestead Mission: “to develop men and women imbued with necessary academic excellence, skills, and virtues to address the health care needs of individuals, families, groups, and community.”

Philosophy

The nursing program’s vision is to prepare quality professional nurses who can think critically from a praxis perspective to promote equity and quality health care. The goal of the program is to graduate nurses that will be ready to advance their educational career and that can understand the concept of holistic praxis, think critically, and serve as change agents or leaders in any health care and nursing environment.

Is your program online or classroom?

There are three tracks for degree completion for the RN-BSN program:

    1. Online: Offered 100% online via asynchronous, synchronous, and other online delivery methods.

    2. On Campus: Offered face-to-face on campus in Torrance

    3. Hybrid: Mixture of online and on-campus courses as elected by the student. The same courses will be offered both online and on campus.

Program Objectives

Upon graduation from the RN-BSN completion program, the graduate will be able to:

    1. Integrate critical thinking skills and theoretical concepts from nursing and other disciplines in clinical or leadership decision making.

    2. Synthesize evidenced based practice and research in providing holistic nursing care to individual, families, groups, and communities.

    3. Incorporate a holistic, caring, culturally appropriate nursing approach that contributes to the wellness and the health of individuals, groups, and vulnerable populations.

    4. Utilize technology and information resources to communicate effectively with diverse patient’s population and other health care multidisciplinary team.

    5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in leadership and management concepts in the management of care at the local, state, national, and global levels.

    6. Applies concepts of professionalism and leadership in designing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating nursing care from a health promotion and disease prevention approach at various levels of population care.

    7. Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the health-illness continuum and across life span in a variety of settings.

    8. Develop a praxis change project (teaching or policy) to assist individuals or communities achieve their holistic health promotion goal.

    9. Conduct comprehensive and focused assessments of health and illness parameters in individuals, groups, and vulnerable populations.

    10. Communicate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaboration for quality outcomes.

    11. Assume accountability for one’s own and delegated nursing care.

    12. Engage in continuous professional development

Admission Requirements

What are the admission requirements for the RN-BSN program?

    Current and active RN license to practice nursing.

    Possess an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing.

    Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in their Associate Degree in nursing or their Diploma. International students' transcripts must be evaluated with United States equivalent and may be required to take an additional English writing course.

    Complete the required online orientation before enrolling in the first nursing course if enrolled as an online students.

    All students must complete the program orientation module prior to beginning the program.

    Show proof of legal residence in the United States.

    Possess a valid Social Security card.

How many credits can I transfer?

For the RN-BSN program, an applicant may transfer in or possess 36 hours of general education credit from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university. Twelve of the general education credit hours must be at the upper level (300-400 level courses). You can obtain any missing general education credits at Homestead. We offer courses in oral communication, advanced public speaking, report writing, history of the United States, culture and diversity, etc.

Prospective students interested in enrolling in the RN-BSN program are encouraged to contact the admissions office at Homestead Schools (310) 791-9975. We'll help you evaluate your transcripts and determine the number of credits that can be transferred.

Is your program accredited by a national accrediting agency?

Yes. Our RN-to-BSN program is accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), a national accrediting body that has approved all our educational programs.

Currently, the program is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Is your program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing?

No. This is a post-licensure program which means that the admitted person already has an RN degree. The Board of Registered Nursing does not approve post-licensure programs.

What is your tuition?

The tuition is dependent on the number of credits you're able to transfer for applicable nursing degree, general education credits, and required prerequisites. Our admissions counselor will be able to evaluate your transcripts and tell you the exact tuition for the program.

Do you offer fininacial aid?

Yes. We offer federal student aid to those who qualify.

What should I do next?

You should call the admissions office at (310) 791-9975. Better yet, visit the school at 23800 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505. HomesteadSchools.net

Program Length

The curriculum consists of a total of 120 credit hours. The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 4-5 semesters (16-20 months) when transferring in all applicable nursing degree, general education credits, and required pre-requisites.

The content of the 120 semester units required for graduation including the transferred credits in nursing and non- nursing courses is shown here. The applicant can transfer up to 72 credit hours:

1. All nursing associate degree or diploma

30 credits

2. All general education courses (12 credits at upper level)

36 credits

3. Non-nursing elective

6 credits

Total

72 credits

    * Selected courses: Cultural Diversity, Health Promotion, and Case Management.

Requires General Education Courses

Students enrolled in the RN to BSN completion program must transfer in 36 general education credits. All general education courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better in order to be accepted for admission and to graduate. The 36 credits are distributed among the following disciplines and 12 credits must be at the upper course level (300-400 level courses).

1. Communication Skills: Speech, English Composition, Literature

6-12 credits

2. Social or Behavioral Sciences: Sociology, Psychology, Ethics

6 credits

3. Mathematics: Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics

6 credits

4. Technology Applications Courses: Microsoft, Spreadsheet, etc.

3 credits

5. Natural Sciences: A&P, G&D, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology

6-8 credits

6. Humanistic: Philosophy, World History, Critical Thinking*

3-4 credits

7. Global Awareness: Geography, Religion, Nutrition, Business

4 credits

8. Electives: Cultural Diversity, Physical Education, Chemistry

3-4 credits

Total (Minimum required is 36 credits)

40-44 credits

    * Transfer of Critical Thinking course will be accepted but it will be repeated to ensure that the graduate understands critical thinking from a praxis perspective.

Allocation of Program 120 Credit Hours

Areas

Courses

Credits Hours

Automatically granted

Nursing courses from associate degree or diploma in nursing

30

General education

Transferred in or taken from other colleges or universities

24

Required courses

Current Curriculum Plan
-includes 12 units of G.E

60

Electives

Transferred in or transcript evaluation
-Pathophysiology
-Legal or Ethical Issues in Nursing
-Nursing Informatics
-Statistics
-Others

6

 

Total

120

Course Descriptions

Course Title: N 350 Conversational Public Speaking

This course introduces the students to the techniques for successful communication exploring the scientific foundation of communication skills and offers practical techniques for managing reactions and speaking effectively in conflict- and tension-laden situations. The focus of the course will be the various conversational roadblocks speakers encounter every day driven by culturally ingrained and biological processes that operate automatically in most situations and various techniques for eliminating them. It also includes the greatest speeches in history and sets out practical tips that can be used for any public speaking situations using historical case studies to glean insight into every aspect of public speaking from topic and style to opening and closing. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 3

Course Title: N 355 Advanced Creative Writing

This course deals with writing strategies with emphasis on writing clearly, effectively and interestingly for a variety of purposes and audiences. With the belief that writing as a process of discovery, students will be offered topics on writing creative nonfiction, storytelling tips and techniques building better vocabulary, and building great sentences.Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 3

Course Title: N 360 Perspectives in American History

This course chronicles the history of the United States from colonial origins to the beginning of the 21st century. It focuses on several key themes such as the exceptionalism of the American experiment, the commitment top socioeconomic mobility and opportunity in the marketplace, the expanding enfranchisement of citizens in the development of political democracy and the confirmation of the "melting pot" as a symbol of inclusion in the national body politics. This course also discusses the beginnings of European settlement of what is now the United States to the end of the Mexican War and the Great Compromise of 1850 covering the "Colonial America" and the "Early Republic". Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 3

Course Title: N 365 Healthy Living

This course focuses on the understanding how human brain works and how to optimize brain fitness. The science of mindfulness with focus on a research-based path to well-being and techniques on how to stay fit as people age are integrated with concepts of healthy living. Concepts such as meditation, attention, stress, learning, memory, sleep, and depression will be emphasized. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 3

Course Title: N 370 Concepts of Scholarly Writing

This course introduces the students to the concepts of scholarly writing required for academic papers, research activities, and publications. The focus of the course will be the review and critique of peer research and scholarly publications from multiple disciplines and sources. The student will be required to write a formal query letter and paper for a selected nursing journal. The concepts of QSEN and the use of technology in health care will be introduced in this course. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 3

Course Title: N 375 Cultural Diversity

This course focuses on the role of the nurse to address the needs of clients in diverse populations across the life span. Theory and research-based evidence from nursing and other disciplines are integrated with concepts of caring and cultural competences. Concepts such as cultural awareness, readiness, sensitivity, and cultural education will be emphasized. In partnership with clients, the student develops, implements, and evaluates a cultural teaching plan designed to produce a desired change in behavior. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 4

Course Title: N 380 Health Promotion Across Lifespan

This course provides the nurse with the opportunity to interpret health promotion concepts and theories across the lifespan. Needs assessment, goal and objective formulation, program implementation, and evaluation will be included. Students will be given the tools and skills they need to design and conduct health promotion programs while incorporating relevant patient safety standards and goals. Theoretical models used to explain why people adopt or fail to adopt health promoting behaviors will also be addressed. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 5

Course Title: N 385 Praxis and Theory Transition

This course focuses on the appreciation of the unique body of conceptual and theoretical knowledge as a foundation for nursing. The course will address the history, philosophy, models, conceptual frameworks, and theoretical evolution of nursing science from a praxis perspective. The course introduces the concepts of caring, self-care, and other nursing and non-nursing concepts or theories in addressing problems from a holistic perspective. Students will synthesize and apply various theories in both practice and research. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 4

Course Title: N 390 Concept of Critical Thinking

This course focuses on the concept of critical thinking used in the management of disease and in decision making as a nursing leader. The course will use the nursing or research process, and praxis philosophy as a systematic approach to problem solving. Health promotion case studies will be used as a framework for presenting the content. Technology will also be used to reinforce course content. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 3

Course Title: N 395 Community and Global Health

This course applies concepts of community health and public health to both individual and family health promotion cases. Students will discuss disease prevention in the context of emerging community and global diseases. Students will also address principles of population health and epidemiology. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 5

Course Title: N 400 Evidenced Based Practice Research

This course focuses on the use of evidence based practice and the introduction of the principle of the research process and various method of systematic inquiry. The course will address research methodologies, such as qualitative and quantitative research methods with an emphasis on solving clinical, system related, and global health problems. Issues surrounding the protection of human subjects and ethics of the research process will be explained, and students will critique research reports. Students will be able to use the research process to develop or design a praxis nursing research proposal that will be completed as a “change project” in the capstone course. Pre-requisite: N385. Credit hours: 4

Course Title: N 405 Concepts of Case Management

This course examines the evolution of the case manager concept from inception to current practice models. The role of the case manager as a patient advocate and collaborator with other health care teams will be emphasized. Health care reform and insurance policies issues will also be covered in this course. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 5

Course Title: N 410 Community Practicum

This course applies concepts of community health and public health in both individual and family health promotion cases. Students will discuss disease prevention in the context of emerging community and global diseases. In this practicum course, the students will conduct a family and community health assessment and develop a community teaching project for a specific community health need. Students will them implement and evaluate the plan while working with clients in their homes or selected community settings. Students will complete 96 hours of practicum time as a requirement to successfully complete this course. Pre-requisite: N395. Credit hours: 3

Course Title: N 415 Current Trends in Healthcare

This course is designed to help students understand the current trends in nursing and health care. The course focuses on the history and evolution of nursing as a profession and discipline within the health care environment. The course will incorporate relevant national and federal patient safety standards and goals such as QSEN, and IOM that are guiding practice and nursing education today. The use of technology in healthcare will be a major aspect of this course. Theoretical models will be used to explain the praxis trend. Pre-requisite: none. Credit hours: 3

Course Title: N 420 Leadership and Management

This course focuses on organizational structure and aspects of leadership and management concepts central to the role of the professional nurse. This course also provides RN-to-BSN students with the opportunity to explore leadership and management concepts in nursing practice. Quality improvement, communication processes, teamwork and collaboration, informatics, and evidence-based practice initiatives within QSEN framework will be presented. Strategies for efficient use of resources while maintaining safe and effective patient-care environment are emphasized. Pre-requisite: N 385. Credit hours: 5

Course Title: N 425 Nursing Praxis Capstone

This course is the culminating experience for students in the program. The student will develop and implement a capstone praxis project demonstrating mastery of the program objectives. The project is research-based with a selected theoretical framework and focused on a strategic change in the health care or nursing environment. The project will be identified in the praxis course and developed gradually throughout the program. The final project will be presented and evaluated in this course. The project focus should address social, political, technological, economical, spiritual, and global changes in the health care environment. Pre-requisite: All Nursing Courses (N370 to N425). Credit hours: 4